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11 hours ago · Stage IV lung cancer, what treatments work for you? in Lung Cancer

Hi @ina3, I moved your message to this existing discussion about treatment options for stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer. @janlanderz @richcolleen @schmeeckle64 and @merpreb may have some thoughts or experiences with Xeloda, Paclitaxel, and/or Temozolomide.

Ina, would he take these drugs in addition to Keytruda? Are you having to decide which one?

18 hours ago · Plan B, please need help in Women's Health

@harm1223, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'll notice that I moved your message to a discussion on this same topic. I did this so you can meet @ememem23 and see the information that moderator, Lisa shared with her.

According to this article, "You should wait to take a pregnancy test until the week after your missed period for the most accurate result."

– When You Should Take a Pregnancy Test https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/five-signs-to-take-pregnancy-test

18 hours ago · Fucoidan for intestine? in Digestive Health

@sylviapat, fucoidan is a natural derived compound found in different species of brown algae and in some animals, that has gained attention for its anticancer properties. However, the exact mechanism of action is currently unknown. It is being researched for its ability as an:
Anti-coagulant (prevents blood clotting)
Anti-thrombotic (reduces the formation of clots)
Anti-angiogenic (reduces the growth of new blood vessels)

Its possible role in gut health has so far only been tested on rats and not yet humans as far as I could find. See this research:
– Gut health benefits of brown seaweed Ecklonia radiata and its polysaccharides demonstrated in vivo in a rat model https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1756464617305017

Has your doctor suggested fucoidan for you?

22 hours ago · Newly Diagnosed With Meningioma: What can I expect with surgery? in Brain Tumor

Hi @christinehigdem, thank goodness you knew that there was more going on than migraines. I can imagine that you've had a whirlwind tour through appointments, tests, and consults. I'm tagging fellow members @kmart @mkjames @mrector @lindajean @cacoon6 @jmb73 @julie1976 @cindyt63 and @jill333 who can share more about their experiences with meningioma and treatments, including surgery. You may also be interested in this discussion:

– Left Frontal Meningioma surgery recovery https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/left-frontal-meningioma-surgery-recovery/

Are you at Mayo Clinic now? Do you have someone with you?

1 day ago · ~ Depressed and scared, not making it financially ~ in Mental Health

Hi @amberpep, I moved your message to your previous discussion where you are connected with several members who know your story.

First some housekeeping.
1) to see all of your messages from newest to oldest, simply go to your profile and scroll down to your post. See here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/member/39725aa00ced969899847a73bad8bf432266449e0/
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About you
Abby, I'm sorry that you are feeling in a deep dark hole covered with a wet blanket. I really feel like you need to tell someone and encourage you to be honest with your psychiatrist. You mention that you are afraid to do so because he may send you to the hospital where you don't feel safe. We are here to support you Abby, but it sounds like you need trained counsellors to help you at this time. You might consider calling the NAMI Helpline. The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET.
1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org
Learn more here: https://www.nami.org/help

If you feel in crisis at any time call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7. They can help. Don't hesitate to call:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

1 day ago · It's hard to prove epilepsy to the doctor when the EEG is normal in Epilepsy & Seizures

@mxyzptlk32, I noticed that you wished to post a URL to a web resource with your post. You will be able to add URLs to your posts in a few days. There is a brief period where new members can't post links. We do this to deter spammers and keep the community safe. Clearly the link you wanted to post is not spam, so I added it to your post and here.

– I have seizures, but my EEG was normal. Why? https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/diagnosis/eeg/what-if-its-normal

1 day ago · Colon cancer metastasized to lungs: Husband severely depressed in Colorectal Cancer

Hi @lah, I added your discussion to the Caregivers group as well. I believe there are other caregivers here who are all too familiar with the emotional side of advanced cancer – for both of you.

Lah, you describe the situation as feeling like a whirlwind and that you feel totally helpless. Can you tell me a bit more about those 2 things? Has it been the treatments, tests, and in and out of the hospital that has been a whirlwind? Or has it been the results and decisions you've had to make? Or all of the above?

How does your husband feel about continuing treatment?

1 day ago · COVID-19 Testing: How are the data calculated? in COVID-19

@tjdog, You are correct. A person may have multiple positive tests, but they should be calculated as a single positive case. The number of positive tests in a state is not equal to the number of cases, as one person may be tested more than once. It would appear that the people you are talking with are confusing the terms "test" vs. "case."
See this information:
– CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/testing-in-us.html

There are certainly limitations to the data being collected and it varies from state to state. Rather than an over-calculation of cases, it is more likely than there are more cases than are being reported since not everyone is symptomatic and not everyone is getting tested.

From Johns Hopkins
"Since confirmed case numbers may be dependent on how much testing a state is doing, it is also important to see how many tests have occurred in each state. If people who are infected cannot get tested, they will not be counted as a confirmed case in the state’s data."

"When states report the number of COVID-19 tests performed, this should include the number of viral tests performed and the number of patients for which these tests were performed. Currently, states may not be distinguishing overall tests administered from the number of individuals who have been tested. This is an important limitation to the data that is available to track testing in the U.S., and states should work to address it."


Ideally, each state should be calculating tests vs. cases as this graph from Johns Hopkins shows: